Guwahati HC raps BCCI for ignoring North-East

The BCCI has been ordered by the Guwahati High Court to formulate guidelines for involving the North-East in the IPL Getty Images

Guwahati: Nov 7, 2012

The Guwahati High Court, on Wednesday, directed the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to formulate rules and regulations within three months for selecting the cities for holding Indian Premier League (IPL) matches.

A division bench comprising Chief Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel and Justice A K Goswami also directed the BCCI to upload the guidelines on its website within three months.

On October 25, the High Court, taking a serious view of the BCCI’s decision to not allot any match or team from the North Eastern region, had restrained it till today from taking a final decision pursuant to its October 14 tender on the selection of new teams.

Acting on a PIL filed by G L Agrawalla, the editor of a local newspaper, the single bench of Justice B P Agrawall had passed the retraining order.

The PIL had also alleged that the NE region was discriminated against the BCCI, which could have included Guwahati for bid of teams among the 12 cities selected countrywide.

Senior advocates Dr Ashok Saraf and Amit Goyal argued for the petitioner while the BCCI was represented by senior counsel Niloy Dutta.